NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 16, 2020

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 16, 2020

The Kings upset the Avalanche in their Stadium Series matchup, Evander Kane blasts the NHL department of player safety, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

GAME RECAPS

NHL.COM: Tyler Toffoli’s hat trick power the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche as part of the 2020 NHL Stadium Series before a sellout crowd of 43,574 at Falcon Stadium at the United States Air Force Academy. Toffoli becomes the first player in league history to tally three goals in an NHL outdoor game. Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury. With the loss, the Avalanche (72 points) slipped to third place in the Central Division.

Tyler Toffoli’s hat trick gave the LA Kings a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche in their 2020 NHL Stadium Series game (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Long rumored on the trade block, Toffoli’s hat trick performance could boster his value leading up to the Feb. 24 trade deadline.

The Boston Bruins picked up their eighth win in their last nine games by beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. David Pastrnak tallied his 42nd goal of the season while Brad Marchand collected two assists for the Bruins (84 points). They remain one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the overall standings.

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy extended his franchise-record points streak to 21 games in a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Victor Hedman each collected two points as the Lightning stretched their winning streak to 10 games. The Flyers hold the final Eastern Conference wild-card berth with 71 points.

Auston Matthews tallied his 42nd of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled up the Ottawa Senators 4-2. The Leafs (70 points) hold a four-point lead over the Florida Panthers for third in the Atlantic Division. Matthews and Pastrnak are tied for first place in the NHL goal-scoring race.

Mikael Granlund’s third-period goal held up as the game-winner as the Nashville Predators edged the St. Louis Blues 4-3. Kyle Turris had a goal and two assists as the Predators (63 points) remain three points out of a Western Conference wild-card spot. The Blues (74 points) have dropped four straight and hold a one-point lead over the surging Dallas Stars for the top spot in the Conference.

Tyler Seguin scored twice, including the winner in overtime, as the Dallas Stars overcame a 3-0 deficit to nip the Montreal Canadiens 4-3. Habs head coach Claude Julien voiced his displeasure over the poor officiating during a post-game interview, which could earn him disciplinary action from the league. The Canadiens (62 points) have dropped four straight and sit eight points behind the Leafs in the Atlantic Division.

Edmonton Oilers winger Kailer Yamamoto scored and set up two others in a 4-1 win over the slumping Florida Panthers. Leon Drasaitl (92 points) picked up two points to extend his lead in the scoring race by 10 over the Bruins’ David Pastrnak. The Oilers (68 points) are one point behind the Pacific Division-leading Vancouver Canucks.

Mark Andre Fleury posted a 19-save shutout as the Vegas Golden Knights blanked the New York Islanders 1-0. Reilly Smith was the goal-scorer as the Golden Knights (68 points) hold third place in the Pacific Division. With 72 points, the Isles cling to third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Third-period goals by Phil Kessel and Lawson Crouse gave the Arizona Coyotes a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Antti Raanta picked up the victory with 36 saves for the Coyotes (66 points), who hold the final Western Conference wild-card spot. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin failed to score for the fourth straight game, leaving him two goals shy of 700 for his career.

The Chicago Blackhawks thumped the Calgary Flames 8-4. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews lead the way with each collecting a goal and two assists. Elias Lindholm and Sam Bennett each scored twice for the Flames (66 points), who hold the first wild-card berth in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks (60 points) picked up their first win in six games, but remain six points behind the Flames and Coyotes.

San Jose Sharks netminder Martin Jones kicked out 39 shots to shut out the Minnesota Wild 2-0. Dylan Gambrell and Melker Karlsson were the goal scorers. It was the Wild’s first game under interim coach Dean Evason. With 61 points, they’re five behind the Coyotes.

HEADLINES

ESPN.COM: Thousands of fans missed a portion of the Kings-Avalanche Stadium Series game owing to a major traffic jam. Many left before the game’s conclusion. It took some fans over four hours to reach the stadium.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes will host a 2021 NHL Stadium Series game at N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Their opponent has yet to be determined.

NBC SPORTS: San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane blasted the NHL’s department of player safety over its inconsistencies in handing down supplemental discipline after receiving a three-game suspension for elbowing. Kane released a public statement singling out player safety head George Parros. He also cited examples where similar infractions by others went unpunished or received lighter penalties.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane’s critics will accuse him of whining, but he’s making a fair point. The department of player safety’s sometimes erratic decisions has left more than a few fans and pundits puzzled and sometimes outraged. It’s also believed many players share Kane’s views, though he’s the first to publicly criticize the department in this manner.

SPORTSNET: Speaking of the Sharks, their crappy season got worse as defenseman Erik Karlsson is out for the season with a broken thumb.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets center Brian Little is also finished for the season because of a damaged eardrum he suffered in November. He’ll undergo surgery with an expected three-month recovery period.

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian was assigned to his club’s AHL affiliate in Rochester after clearing waivers yesterday.

SPORTSNET: The Anaheim Ducks re-sign forward Nicolas Deslauriers to a two-year, $2-million contract extension.










Notable NHL Player Movement – June 30, 2019

Notable NHL Player Movement – June 30, 2019

With the start of the NHL free-agent market fast approaching, here’s a look at today’s notable player movement.

The Montreal Canadiens trade winger Andrew Shaw and a seventh-round pick in 2021 to the Chicago Blackhawks. In return, the Canadiens receive a second- and a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft and a third-round pick in 2021. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can you say, “salary dump”, kids? I knew you could because that’s what this is. Shaw, 27, has three years remaining on his contract (stick tap to Cap Friendly) at an annual average value of $3.9 million. The Canadiens now have over $12 million in salary-cap room. It’s believed this move sets the stage for what could be one or two significant roster additions via trade or (most likely) free agency tomorrow.

Shaw, meanwhile, returns to the club where he began his NHL career, helping the Blackhawks win two Stanley Cups (2013, 2015). A physical checking-line winger with a decent scoring touch, his style of play has also taken a toll on his body. He was frequently sidelined over the past three seasons. 

The Canadiens also traded forward Nicolas Deslauriers to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2020 fourth-round draft pick.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s an additional $950K off the Habs books. They’re also loading up on draft picks for the 2020 Draft. They now have 12 picks, including two in the second round, four in the fourth, and two in the fifth. Some of those could be used as trade bait in other deals. 

The Florida Panthers trade goaltender James Reimer to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for goaltender Scott Darling and a sixth-round draft pick. The Panthers placed Darling on waivers to buy out his contract. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reimer is signed through 2020-21 with an annual average value of $3.4 million. With the Hurricanes attempting to re-sign Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney expected to depart tomorrow via free agency, Reimer could be filling the backup role. However, The News & Observer’s Luke DeCock says Reimer’s time with the Canes could be short. “Other potential moves in works,” he said. Stay tuned.

Florida Panthers trade James Reimer to the Carolina Hurricanes (Photo via NHL Images).

Darling had two years left on his contract with a $4.1 million AAV. Given his struggles over the past two years, he no longer had a future with the Hurricanes and doesn’t fit into the Panthers’ goaltending plans. Cap Friendly has the breakdown of the buyout.  

The Edmonton Oilers placed defenseman Andrej Sekera on unconditional waivers for a contract buyout. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sekera, 33, had two years remaining on his deal worth $5.5 million annually. You can see the breakdown of the buyout here.  This move comes as a surprise. Oilers GM Ken Holland had indicated he’d prefer keeping Sekera around. Looks like Holland wants the cap space for other moves. 

The Philadelphia Flyers placed defenseman David Schlemko on unconditional waivers as a precursor to buying out his contract. The 32-year-old had a year remaining on his deal at $2.1 million. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 19, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 19, 2018

Latest notable injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk sidelined by a minor lower-body injury. (Photo via NHL Images)

  CALGARY SUN: Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk will miss today’s exhibition game in China against the Boston Bruins with a minor lower-body injury. He could’ve played but is being held out of the lineup as a precautionary measure.

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres winger Conor Sheary is listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Center Sean Malone injured his knee and will miss six weeks. Defenseman Matt Hunwick is sidelined indefinitely with a neck injury.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Nicolas Deslauriers is out indefinitely after suffering a facial fracture during a fight in a preseason game against New Jersey’s Brandon Braddock.

CBS SPORTS: New York Rangers forward Boo Nieves has suffered a concussion.

COURIER-POST: Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Alex Lyon missed yesterday’s preseason game against the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury.

THE SCORE: The NHL and Jagermeister has entered into a one-year deal making the liqueur the league’s “official shot.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagermeister: For those who want booze that tastes like cough medicine.

 

 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 18, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 18, 2018

Panthers name Aleksander Barkov as captain, Oilers re-sign Darnell Nurse, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers yesterday named Aleksander Barkov as their new team captain. The 23-year-old center becomes the 10th (and youngster) captain in franchise history.

Florida Panthers name Aleksander Barkov as their new captain. (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A good choice by the Panthers. Despite being hampered by injuries in his five NHL seasons, Barkov has matured into the Panthers’ top forward. In 2017-18, he set career highs in assist (51) and points (78) and was a finalist for the Selke Trophy as the league’s best defensive forward.

Barkov’s work ethic and lead-by-example style earned praise from his teammates and coaches. With the Panthers poised to become legitimate playoff contender, he’s the right guy to lead them. 

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers yesterday re-signed defenseman Darnell Nurse to a two-year bridge contract worth $6.4 million. The annual average value is $3.2 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dollars, not term, was the reason behind the contract standoff. Nurse’s representatives valued him at over $4 million annually while the Oilers put it at under $3.5 million.

With the Winnipeg Jets inking Josh Morrissey to a two-year, $6.3-million bridge deal, the market value was set. Should Nurse continue to develop as projected, he’ll be in line for a substantial raise on his next contract. 

THE SCORE: Montreal Canadiens forward Nicolas Deslauriers was taken to hospital as a precaution and for further testing after leaving the second period of last night’s preseason game against the New Jersey Devils with an upper-body injury. The Canadiens rallied in the third period with three unanswered goals to defeat the Devils 3-1.

CBS SPORTS: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim will be sidelined one week with an upper-body injury.

USA TODAY: Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan has taken a leave of absence following the death of his father on Saturday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Sullivan, his family and the Penguins’ organization. 

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday names Peter MacTavish as their new assistant general manager. He had been working as a recruiter and agent for CAA Hockey. 

NHL.COM: The Columbus Blue Jackets names Jarred Boll as an assistant development coach while Fedor Tyutin joins their scouting staff. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 20, 2018

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 20, 2018

Game recaps, stars of the week, Red Wings ship Petr Mrazek to Flyers, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com: The Washington Capitals regained first place in the Metropolitan Division by edging the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Capitas captain Alex Ovechkin tallied his league-leading 35th goal and teammate John Carlson had a goal and an assist. 

Brad Marchand’s overtime goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames. The Bruins (80 points) move to within one point of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the lead in the Eastern Conference.

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice as the Nashville Predators downed the Ottawa Senators 5-2. (Photo via NHL Images)

A two-goal performance by Viktor Arvidsson helped the Nashville Predators down the Ottawa Senators 5-2. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne turned aside 36 shots. 

Ryan Miller made 20 saves in relief of John Gibson as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Vegas Golden Knights 2-0. Gibson left the game after the second period with a lower-body injury

Two goals by Jason Zucker powered the Minnesota Wild to a 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders. Anders Lee had a goal and an assist for the Islanders.

Jonathan Quick made 27 saves and Dion Phaneuf scored his second goal in three games as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1, handing the Hawks their ninth loss in ten games.

Earlier in the day, the Blackhawks traded sophomore defenseman Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a conditional third-round draft pick in 2018. The club also banned four fans who racially taunted Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly in a recent game from future games. 

New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta and Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Feb. 18, 2018. 

NBC SPORTS PHILADELPHIA: The Philadelphia Flyers last night acquired goaltender Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 and a conditional third in 2019.

If the Flyers reach the playoffs and Mrazek wins five regular-season games, the 2018 fourth rounder becomes a third-round selection. “If the Flyers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals and Mrazek wins six playoff games, the third-round pick then becomes a second rounder. If the Flyers re-sign Mrazek for next season, then the Red Wings would also get the Flyers’ third-round selection in 2019.” The Wings also absorbed half of Mrazek’s $4 million salary-cap hit.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers could’ve had Mrazek last week for a third-round pick but rejected the offer. That was before they lost backup Michal Neuvirth to a lower-body injury. With starter Brian Elliott out five-to-six weeks recovering from core muscle surgery, general manager Ron Hextall had no choice but to seek some experienced help.

The question is, which version of Mrazek are they getting? Is it the goaltender who’s been playing well over the past four weeks, or the one whose inconsistency over the last two seasons cost him the starter’s job in Detroit? For the sake of their playoff hopes, it better be the former.

NHL.COM: Colorado Avalanche defensemen Erik Johnson and Anton Lindholm are sidelined indefinitely with upper-body injuries. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Johnson for a significant period could hurt the Avs chances of clinching a playoff spot. He’s their leader in ice time and sits second in points (22) among Colorado defensemen. 

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Nick Foligno will miss one-to-two weeks with a lower-body injury

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders placed goaltender Thomas Greiss on injured reserve. Head coach Doug Weight doesn’t expect he’ll be sidelined for a lengthy period. 

WGR 550: Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights put center Pierre-Marc Bellemare (upper body) on IR.

THE MERCURY NEWS: With Brent Burns status for Tuesday’s game against St. Louis, the San Jose Sharks recalled defenseman Paul Martin. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens re-signed forward Nicolas Deslauriers to a two-year contract extension worth $1.9 million.